GloucesterCast With Toby Pett and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 4/19/14

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GloucesterCast With Toby Pett and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 4/19/14


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Topics Include: Gloucester MA, 01930, What up Homie?,  Jim Casey, Lighten Up Francis, Toby Pett, Chamber License Plate, Bringing GMG Back Old School, Passports Wine Dinner, Killer Cheeses, Sidewalk Sweeping Day, Carry In/ Carry Out, Patti Amaral, 40 Barrels?, Masspirg, Effort To Get 5 Cent Deposit On Water and Juice Bottles, Big Mike’s Bikes, Getting Around Gloucester Via Bike and Water Taxi, Toby’s List of the Best Bartenders In Gloucester, Stoli O Tonic, Lime Shortage, Gene Silviera, Erika Baert, Ellen Tasker, Molly Marks, Halibut Point, Jack Muniz, Jamie Verga, Lobsta Land

Inside Big Mike’s Bikes -Pure Bike Awesomeness!

Big Mike’s Bikes at 57 Washington Street In Between Sclafani’s and Tacos Lupita and sort of diagonal from Sebastian’s. Four awesome totally Gloucester businesses in a cluster, gotta consider that a new power alley, no?
Don’t Forget Kid’s Bike Safety Day Where Every Kid Walks Away a Winner May 4th at O’Maley.  Kathleen Gives the Deets In The Video


Happy Easter! Happy Passover! and Happy Spring!

The Power of Flowers!

Pink Tulip ©Kim Smith 2013White Bleeding Heart ©Kim Smith 2012Feathered Tulips © Kim Smith 2012Purple Pink Tulips © Kim Smith 2013Carolina Silverbell Pink ©Kim Smith 2013Pink Carolina Silverbell is a native flowering tree (Halesia tetraptera var. rosea)

Carmine tulip ©Kim Smith 2013 copyTemple of Beauty

Click to see more spring beauties here ~ Continue reading “Happy Easter! Happy Passover! and Happy Spring!”

Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team Update

Logos.AI In the I should have mentioned this earlier but I didn’t department: Tuesday April 22, 2014 1:30-3pm Snakes of New England and the World- 45 minute presentation and 45 minute some sort of snake related kids art project for the Waltham Land Trust. Somewhere in Waltham MA, exact location to be announced.

We need volunteers for this. Please get in touch. Speaking of volunteers: 2014 Gloucester Pride Stride- You can get pledges and walk for CAVPT. Check out the website for info and pledge sheets. We will try to have some sort of exhibit there, but we also have Earth Day at Essex County Greenbelt that day, so… if we get lots of volunteers, we can have an exhibit at both events. So, get those pledges and get ready to walk for us.

Don’t forget to check out your Easter Sunday Boston Globe magazine for a cool article entitled Two Rick Roths Walk Into a Bar.

Later, Rick

we only have one earth, save it

Editor’s Note ~ Link to Rick’s article in today’s Sunday Globe Magazine: Click HERE 

Café Shalom Coffeehouse Spring Concert on May 4th

Cafe Shalom

Sunday, May 4th at 7 pm (Doors open at 6:45 pm)
Tickests $10/per person at the door

With Julie Dougherty, Bob Kramer, and special guests Gay Shelton and Al Foucault

Café Shalom Coffeehouse, Temple Ahavat Achim, 86 Middle St., Gloucester, presents a special coffeehouse performance from well-known Salem recording artist, Julie Dougherty, Sunday evening, May 4.  Julie has been performing regularly in the Boston area and beyond for many years, since the 1970’s playing her style of folk and country rock covers and originals.

Opening for Julie is the local recording artist group the Bob Kramer Trio playing a mix ranging from Delta and Piedmont blues to classic traditional songs along with their own tasty originals.  The Bob Kramer Trio performs at festivals and clubs throughout the Boston area.

Doors open at 6:45 PM and the music starts at 7:00 PM.  Make your own $2 ice-cream sundaes, as well as other refreshments for sale.   Bring your family and friends! Everyone is welcome!

Questions about the event can be directed to Natalia at TAA, 978-281-0739

What to you get when you mix Jon Butcher, 3rian King and Aurelia Nelson?

HOT RADIO, that’s  what!  I don’t know what got into her, but Aurelia Nelson decided to host them both at the same time on the same Curtain Up show that will air tomorrow SUN at 9am on Northshore 104.9 FM.  3rian & Jon talk about their upcoming shows next week (3rian with The Number Nines a Fresh Take on The Beatles benefit for the UU Church Meetinghouse on Friday (4/25) and Jon at the Larcom Theatre on Saturday (4/26) with his Boston area debut of The Jon Butcher Axis: Celebrating the Music of Jimi Hendrix.

Hendrix and The Beatles were sensations at the same time, but in different genres.  Jon & 3rian talk about this period and their experience bringing the music to a new level in the 21st Century.

Sgt. Pepper and Are You Experienced were both released in 1967.  As a kid, I played both albums until they wore out.

Those were the days when your friends would come over, you’d put on a record, sit on the floor and listen to a whole side without talking.  Nobody does that any more …

Bringin It Back To The Humble Beginnings Of GMG… What Up Homie?

For Those Who Say They Miss The Old GMG…



For The Over 550 What Up Homie Posts Click Here

Are You Offended By GMG’s Official Mascot- Homie?

Some Past Favs-


So buckle your chinstraps.

What Up Homie Is Comin Back- Better Than Ever.  And for any racist that says the word Homie is associated solely with Gangbangers check variations of the definition from Wikipedia-

Variations in usage

In an early use of the term “homie”, Ella Mae Morse, a white singer, in the original 1946 version of the song “House of Blue Lights” asks, “What’s that homie?” to Freddie Slack, the writer of the song.[citation needed]

In 1992, the Latino rap hip hop group called A Lighter Shade of Brown released the recording “Homies” on their Hip Hop Locos album, which describes what a homie is in the Latino community. The status of “homie” is similar to “my best friend” or “someone I can trust”, as in, “This is my homie Alex, we’ve known each other since grade school”, or “I won’t be around this afternoon, but you can give the money to my homie James, and he’ll give it to me later.”

The Gift That Keeps On Giving…GMG Cooks


GMG Cooks have been busy making dozens of  Sicilian ” Cannatedi”,  Easter Egg Bunny and Basket Cookies, for family and friends this week!

Kathryn Piraino Godick Writes ~ Finished product!!!

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Kathryn Piraino Goodick

Sista Felicia ~ Kathryn I love the green coconut grass embellishment!  Great idea!

Maryjane Sanfilippo Carollo Writes ~ Not bad for my first time!

Maryjane Sanfilippo Carollo

Maryjane 3

Maryjane 2

Sista Felicia ~  I Love your Easter Basket Cookies.  They look great, and I know they taste delicious!

Brenda Grace Laino Writes ~ I did all day yesterday

Brenda Grace Laino

Sista Felicia ~ Nice job keeping up family tradition.  Your Easter cookies look beautiful!

News from Gloucester’s Committee for the Arts: APRIL IS NATIONAL POETRY MONTH

Cat Ryan submits-

Thursday, April 24, 2014 is National Poem in Your Pocket Day.  Gloucester’s Poet Laureate Rufus Collinson will have a poem for sure. How about you? It’s easy to join in the excitement. On April 24th Copy, Carry, Share and Care

1)Write your own poem or jot down one of your favorites

2)Remember to carry a poem in your pocket

3)share the fun of poetry and national poetry month with your friends, family, coworkers, classmates, wherever you go

4)ask them to share their poem with you

Visit the American Academy of Poets site for more info or New York City’s (started there 12 years back)

Gloucester Committee for the Arts

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Community Stuff 4/19/14

Mary Joy Chimes in From Framingham.

(Framingham?  For reals????


Hello! Mary Cahill (now Cahill Farella) here. Wanted to reach out and say that it’s great to see what you’ve done with GMG– congrats! My sister Maggie mentioned reading the other day that you had an incident with the same Doberman that jumped on my back on the way home from St. Mel’s one day… as I was looking over my shoulder at its significant canines (squealing in fear, no doubt), it’s owner finally came out, saying, “He wouldn’t hurt a fly!” 🙂 Ah, the good old days when kids could “safely” walk to school…

Anyhoo, I’m living in Framingham with my husband and brood of seven.  In my spare time I love to paint with oils. I’m sending along a recent painting project done on panels of Masonite– in case you need some Good Friday fodder!

Be well, and Happy Easter,


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A successful start to the season!!

Two weeks ago, 9 volunteers took to the sanders and scrapers to help return our 4 winterized dories to race condition.  All went well and since then, Damon patched a damaged bow and the bottoms have been painted.  We have also seen a few nice rowing days this Spring with all 4 practice dories away from the dock at once.  Hope to see this continue as we get closer to the race season, and don’t forget that dues must be paid and liability forms signed before you row the committee’s dories!

Tomorrow, Saturday, April 19th is another scheduled maintenance day, and although it looks like the weather may cooperate, I have to postpone due to other obligations.  I will be in touch once the next painting day is scheduled.  In the mean time, keep on rowing!


for more information and how you can get involved-

Photos courtesy of Nancy Dudley


Free Initial Evaluation for Lung Cancer Screening

April 28th from 4-6 p.m.

The Open Door

Addison Gilbert Hospital and Beverly Radiology Associates

are offering

a free, low-dose chest CT screening to individuals who meet the established National Comprehensive Cancer network’s

(NCCN) high-risk criteria. Person between the ages of 50 and 74 who have smoked at least an average of one pack of cigarettes per day for twenty-years, may meet the necessary criteria and qualify for a free screening.

It is not necessary to be a resident of Gloucester, all are welcome. Appointments are not necessary and the initial evaluation only takes a few minutes. Those who meet the criteria will be provided a date, time and location for their CT lung screening at the time of the initial evaluation.

An initial screening will take place on April 28th from 4-6 p.m.

The Open Door, 28 Emerson Avenue, Gloucester, MA.  All are welcome.

While private insurers and the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) do not currently cover low-dose CT lung screening, and most hospitals charge a self-pay of at least $350. For this screening, Beverly Hospital is determined to help bring awareness and accessibility of this testing to all people at high-risk at no charge.

The screening does not obligate you to return to a Addison Gilbert Hospital/Beverly Hospital facility for any further screenings, for further evaluation of any findings, or any other services that Beverly Hospital provides.

   America Star Publishing is proud to announce the release of a new book written by acclaimed and prolific Gloucester Author, Barry Stacks.  The new book titled, Wicked Tuner, takes place in Gloucester and around Cape Ann, as all this author’s literary works have done.  This is Barry’s 11th novel about his home town, and the 2nd book where the wildly popular Tucker Norman is the main character.  Tucker is a retired sleuth who returns to his home town (Gloucester) after spending 30 years as a detective working in Key West, Florida for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department.  After returning to Gloucester Tucker finds his best childhood friend is now the Chief of Detectives for Gloucester’s law enforcement agency.  The two old friends find themselves working together on quirky mysteries involving murder, mayhem and some wicked strange twists and turns.

     In this current book the old friends attempt to solve a mystery that requires more skills than the two retired cops have between them.  Because of this need the reader will be introduced to some new characters.  The plot of this adventure has the friends trying to work their way through a veil of voodoo and religious beliefs that have found their way to Gloucester through a group of Haitian immigrants.  The former citizens of Haiti are hell bent on avenging an insult by delivering murderous death to anyone connected to the insult. There are places in the story where the reader will be left with their arm hair standing on end.  The book is also filled with humorous anecdotes as Tucker, along with his Boston Terrier, JB, search through the clues while trying to solve this puzzle.

     If you enjoy these books about Tucker Norman the publisher of Barry’s novels would like to let you know that there are two other books about this sleuth that are currently in the developmental stages.  The Black Flag is currently being edited by Paige Kippen-Holmes.  She and Barry have been collaborating on his novels for more than three years.  Barry is currently writing another Tucker Norman novel that is titled, Rosie Crud, Johnny Handsome and Floyd.  You should expect both books to be released in 2014. 

     For more information about Barry please check out his website,  He can also be reached via his e-mail,  Barry always answers his e-mail within 24 hours of receiving it.  All of his titles are available on-line and at many local book stores around the planet.  His books are popular in England, Scandinavia, Australia, Japan and New Zealand.  They can also be found at The Bookstore of Gloucester in the heart of the city’s West End.


Presented by Greenbelt, Essex County’s Land Trust and Community Partners
Essex, MA —- For the first time ever, Essex County Greenbelt is hosting an
Earth Day festival in collaboration with numerous community non-profit
organizations. Join the fun at the Cox Reservation headquarters in Essex on
Sunday, April 27, from 10 am-2 pm. This free event will celebrate the
environment, and build connections to our natural world by offering family-friendly
activities. The event will also showcase local non-profit organizations that share
a commitment to building an environmentally sustainable community.
Dave Rimmer, Greenbelt’ s Osprey Program director, will help kick off the day by
introducing families to Allyn and Ethel, our resident Osprey pair who recently
returned to their Cox nesting platform following their winter migration. They’ve
already produced one egg in their nest. Throughout the day, families can use a
spotting scope and binoculars to observe their nesting activity, and we’ll tune in
to Greenbelt’s on-line OspreyCam to see them up close.
For those interested in a more energetic activity, Greenbelt will lead an invasive
species identification and removal excursion on the property. Participants are
welcome to dig in and get dirty. Old clothes, boots, and hand tools are
Participating non-profit community partners will offer hands-on activities for the
whole family…even your dog! Cape Ann Animal Aid of Gloucester will
demonstrate the fun of recycling by helping kids make sustainable chew toys for
Fido. Bring an empty plastic water bottle and fleece scraps as materials. They’ll
also be bringing some adoptable pups to meet.
Founded in 1972 as a direct result of Earth Day, Toad Hall Bookstore of Rockport
gives 100% of its profits to environmental projects. Toad Hall will offer an all-day
book swap. Drop off your old books, and take some new ones for free. You can
even sign up to join the Green Toad Book Club, a monthly venture co-sponsored
by the Book Store and Greenbelt.
A student from Tufts University will help families create pollinator houses that can
be placed in your backyard. The decline in pollinator populations – such as bees
and butterflies – has become a major source of concern for the environment.
We’ll answer questions about questions about pollinators, and their
environmental significance.
Kestrel Educational Adventures of Gloucester will lead a tracking and animal
identification walk around the Cox Reservation, and will offer an arts and crafts
project. The Cape Ann based non-profit teaches “real science in the real world” to
school and youth groups,
Other Community Partners Include:
Department of Agricultural Resources.
Cape Ann Trail Stewards
Next Step Living
Manchester Essex Conservation Trust
Essex Farmers Market
Bring a picnic to enjoy on the grounds. Greenbelt will offer light snacks and
lemonade. For more information contact Greenbelt at or call

Hi Joey,

We’re ready to contra dance again this Saturday at the First Baptist Church on Gloucester Avenue.  As our dance community continues to grow, we want people to know we are very welcoming to new-comers, no previous experience necessary and you do not have to attend with a partner.

Conrtra dancing is good fun, good exercise and our dance always features great live music.

Thanks for helping us spread the word!

April 19


High School Summer Internships at Maritime Gloucester

“I can’t tell you how much I learned about marine life, running an aquarium, and even teaching the public. Every shift I came home with a new story to tell: ‘Today I watched a squid shoot ink!’ or ‘Today I looked at live crab plankton with a microscope!’ and the entire experience was extremely valuable.” –Lindsey, Marine Science Intern

Marine Science Internship

Maritime Gloucester offers unpaid summer marine science internships for high school students who have completed their freshman year.  The program is centered around hands-on learning in our small outdoor aquarium, the Sea Pocket Lab.  The aquarium consists of several saltwater habitat tanks, including four touch tanks, filled with specimens of local marine life.  Sea Pocket Lab Aquarium is designed to educate visitors and students about local marine environments, introduce them to the creatures that inhabit our coastal waters, and engage them in Gloucester’s rich maritime heritage.  Interns work as interpreters, assist in animal husbandry duties, and participate in the care of aquarium exhibits.  Interns can also participate in educational enrichment programs and tide pool collecting trips, giving them a chance to better understand the coastal marine life of Gloucester.   

Advanced Internship: Citizen Science

This Advanced Internship serves as a supplement to the Marine Science Internship and is part an ongoing Citizen Science program contributing to Gloucester’s on-going monitoring of marine species.  In addition to their regular Aquarium shifts, interns involved in this program are expected to participate in multiple ocean-monitoring projects, both onsite at Maritime Gloucester and at nearby marshes.  On our pier, interns will monitor the growth of invasive invertebrate species.  Interns will also monitor the abundance of local salt marsh species, including fishes, invertebrates, and plants, through hands-on field studies.           

Advanced Internship: Maritime Education

This Advanced Internship serves as a supplement to the Marine Science Internship and allows interns to assist with Maritime Gloucester’s educational programs.  In addition to their regular Aquarium shifts, interns involved in this program are expected to assist during various summer programs for students and visitors.  Interns will learn how to use our video microscope lab, and help teach visitors how to create slides and view local plankton.  They will also assist with several children’s programs integrating projects in marine engineering, biology and maritime history.      

For additional information, please contact Curtis Sarkin at (978) 281-0470, or by e-mail at

To apply for the program, please send a letter of interest to Curtis Sarkin at the e-mail listed above or by mail to:

Maritime Gloucester
Attention: Curtis Sarkin
23 Harbor Loop
Gloucester, MA 01930

Hi Joey: spring is officially here!! The real boys and girls of summer have returned to stellwagen bank!! Cape Ann Whale Watch will kick off their 36th season of whale watching this Saturday April 19th departing at 1:30!! Please come join us aboard “Hurricane Two ” as we go in search of the gentle giants of the deep!!    Thanks Capt Jim Douglass

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